Destination Resources: Sightseeing

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Boston

The “Must sees” when you are in this city

There are ten “must sees” when you are in Boston:

The Freedom trail:

The “red path” leads to 16 capital historical sites along 2.5 miles.

The Boston Public Garden:

It is a large park located in the heart of Boston. During the warmest season, visitors can take a Swan boat ride for a small fee.

Quincy Market:

A historical building near Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston constructed in 1824-1826. At the beginning, the market was a shopping center with various grocers.

Fenway Park:

Is a baseball park near Kenmore Square. Since opening in 1912, it has been the home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox. Today, it is the oldest Major League Baseball Stadium.

Museum of Science:

Located in The Boston Science Park, it contains over 500 exhibits. Live representations are organized everyday and major historical exhibits have been featured since its creation in 1830.

Sam Adams Brewery:

In this place, you can learn all about the brewing process. You can also taste and appreciate the special malts used in Sam Adams brews. To do so, brewery tours are organized for visitors, it lasts one hour and it is free, the suggested donation is $2.00 for local charities.

New England Aquarium:

It is one of the most popular and prominent public aquariums in the United States. The modern facilities and aquarium offer a great overall view of the aquatic life.

Boston Harbor Islands:

This is a recreational area which has many attractions like hiking trails and beaches. There is the Spectacle Island which is a public park well served by the Boston Ferries. The Civil War-era Fort Warren has also to be seen.

Museum of Fine Arts:

Is one of the largest museums in the United States. Founded in 1870 but currently relocated to Huntington Avenue in 1909, it displays 450,000 works of art.

Cheers Boston (formerly the Bull & Finch pub):

This bar/restaurant, founded in 1969 as the Bull & Finch pub, is famous as the exterior of the bar is seen in the NBC television sitcom Cheers which ran from 1982 to 1993.

The city by water:

From May to mid-October, whale watching is an exciting experience delivered by various charters in Boston

Sailing experience in Boston Harbor: you will enjoy a relaxing sail, beautiful views and the fresh sea air as you will learn how to operate a keelboat.

Twelve diverse islands stretched over 1,600 acres constitute the Boston Harbor Islands. Tour the islands on your own or with a guide. It is pretty easy to get there thanks to a brief ferry ride leaving from Long Wharf in the Boston Harbor. Boaters and outdoor enthusiasts can also get there via their own boat, including motorboats, sailboats and sea kayaks. Four islands: Deer Island, Nut Island, Worlds End or Webb Memorial can be visited by car as well. These islands are perfect for a variety of activities such as camping, touring the lighthouses, boating or sea kayaking or simply riding the park ferry around the harbor.

Best souvenirs to bring home from Boston

A bag of Boston baked beans, anything that is Red Sox, Celtics or Patriots related, a plush Toy lobster indicative of the seafood Boston is well known for, a Swan Boat painting, a Boston travel mug, a Boston MBTA trolley landmark ornament to remind you of the Boston subway or Massachusetts spoon to remember the New England culture.

A Couple Hours to Spare

What to see with: A couple of hours to spare; Half a day free; 2 days plus free

If you find you have a few hours to spare, head to Copley Square in the Back Bay where you will find the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, Museum of Fine Arts and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. You can shop on historic and notorious Newbury Street where you will find high-ends shops like Channel, Bvlgari, Miu Miu or Mont Blanc.

If you are in Boston for half a day, the Freedom Trail is a “must see.” It is a red path (mostly brick) through downtown that leads to 16 significant historic sites, a 2.5 miles walk from Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.

During a two days journey, you should walk the Freedom Trail, spend a couple of hours in Copley Square, walk through Harvard University, visit one of the many museums Boston has to offer or explore the waterfront by boat.

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